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Address: Via Luritja Road Or Via Larapinta Drive, Northern Territory, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8956 7460
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Description: This national park whose name, Watarrka, comes from the Aboriginal word...
This national park whose name, Watarrka, comes from the Aboriginal word for the umbrella bush, is best known for the spectacular sheer walls of Kings Canyon. This scenic landscape of rugged ranges, cliffs, rockholes and gorges and is a must see attraction of central Australia. Please note that in hot weather forcast to be 36 degrees celsius and above, there are access restrictions to some walks.
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If you are either visiting Alice Springs or Uluru-Kata Tjuta, you must include Watarrka National Park. It is a remarkable & magical place and would recommend at least one night... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Nerang, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

If you are either visiting Alice Springs or Uluru-Kata Tjuta, you must include Watarrka National Park. It is a remarkable & magical place and would recommend at least one night here. There is several walks you can do + it is a great place to relax and unwind. There is no phone reception out here - so you really do... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We went to King's Canyon after Uluru-Kata Tjuta and were very glad we did so. Amazing place. We took the Rim Walk with a detour to complete King's Creek and completed the track in 3 hrs 15 mins while stopping to take pictures along the way. The first half of the rim walk was the wonderful part up till the... More 

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Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

It would be a shame to drive all the way to Uluru, and not take an extra few days to visit Kings Canyon, now known as Watarrka National Park. There is no camping in the park; the nearest place for campers is Kings Canyon Resort. If a couple should happen to be there on their anniversary, then the resort's Under... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Biodiversity hotspot of the Centre - Western Desert, Simpson Desert, and Macdonnell systems overlap, creating diversity of flora and fauna. Rim Walk, 3-4 hours, gives spectacular views of the canyon, the broad landscape, and if you are fortunate, animals and birds, and much insight into the amazing geomorphology of the area. For the adventurous the Giles Walk of 22 km... More 

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Bielefeld, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

If you travel to Outback visiting Ayers Rock and the Olgas you should not miss the Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. Located about 300 kilometers north of Ayers Rock it is really worth a visit. The street is in a very good condition and you can easily make the route within 3 hours. Enjoy the beautiful landscape with the... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We visited Kings Canyon as part of a 3 day outback tour with Emu Run Tours (highly recommend the tour). The canyon rim hike (approx 6 km return/ 3 hours) was a high point of the tour for us. The first climb is a bit of a challenge, but the photo opportunities from the top are well worth the effort.... More 

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Alice Springs, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Watarrka National Park incorporates the much visited and Spectacular Kings Canyon, at the western end of the George Gill Range, Petermann Pound and also Kathleen Springs located further along Luritja road, towards Kings Creek station, at the southern end of the park. Unless you are driving along the 4WD only, Mereenie Loop road, (which is the shortest route and only... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We drove from Alice springs the previous day, and stayed Kings Canyon Resort. We started Kings Canyon Rim Walk at 9. I didn't expect such a perfect place. Untouched canyon full of amazing scenes. It took 3 1/2 hours to finish. Kings Canyon is a must if you are visiting Uluru or Alice Springs, for me it is impressive than... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We drove to Watarrka National park from Uluru setting off about midday. Took about 4 hours. The road is good (there is only one). Did the Kings Canyon Rim Walk early the next morning (3.5 hours) then drove 25 kms to Kathleen Springs. This is an easy (wheel chair accessible) boardwalk going past mid 20th century cattle pens (now disused)... More 

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west bridgewater, ma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

We were on the road in the australian outback traveling by bus, listening to aboriginal music. The colour Red dominates. It is 304 KM from Uluru to King's Canyon. Never experienced anything like the King's Canyon walk. It is challenging and beautiful. The rock formations are immense and unusual. The walk takes 3 1/2 hours up and over steep hills... More 

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